Painted Maple Festival
Sap of the painted maple, widely known as a marvelous remedy, is collected from painted maple colonies such as found in Baemsagol Valley, Dalgung and Banyabong Peak on Jirisan Mountain from around February 20 to March 20 every year (from the first rainfall of the year to the end of hibernation by the lunar calendar). This sap is garnering increasing attention.
The festival aims to promote its advantages and is held every March, when the Mountain Spirit Ritual is also held, presenting various events such as drinking painted maple sap, running with painted maple sap jars on the top of the head and the Jangsa Run.
The sap is effective for relieving neuralgia, stomach disorder, arthritis, eczema and constipation and the marvelous remedy is also highly effective in preventing postpartum stroke and adult diseases.
Baraebong Peak Royal Azalea Festival
Royal Azalea are in full bloom to create a spectacular scene at the foot of Baraebong Peak behind the National Institute of Animal Science (former Livestock Research Institute), Unbong-eup, Namwon-si from late April to mid-May every year. This wonderful view makes the mountain seem to be completely painted in pink. The flowers start blooming from about 500m above sea level to the top of the mountain throughout the month of May. The Baraebong Peak Festival is held during the period that the Royal Azalea are expected to be at their peak bloom.
Climbing the trail beginning from behind the National Institute of Animal Science, you will be charmed by the breathtaking view created by the beautiful royal azalea flowers halfway up the mountain. Centering around Baraebong Peak, the colony continues 3-4 km up to Segeolsan Mountain. Various programs are prepared including the Royal Azalea Ritual, commemorative ceremony, royal azalea mountain climbing, drawing contests and singing contests, etc.
Baraebong Peak Snowflake Festival
We welcome you to Namwon Jirisan Mountain Baraebong Peak Snowflake Festival! The world famous Jirisan Mountain Snow Flake Festival is held at Herb Valley below Baraebong Peak. Royal azalea colors the mountain pink on a warm spring day and snowflakes cover the mountain silver white on a freezing winter day. Jirisan Mountain’s ever-changing Baraebong Peak is the backdrop of the Snowflake Festival. Baraebong Peak, wrapped in clouds, has abundant snow and the highlands area is known as the Asian Alps for the beautiful silver white snow that blankets the mountain.
Jirisan Baemsagol Fall Foliage Festival
The holy mountain of Korea, Jirisan Mountain dyes itself fiery red after mid-October, presenting a breathtaking landscape. At the end of October every year, the Fall Foliage Festival is held at the camping site before the entrance of Baemsagol Valley of Jirisan Mountain along with many different interesting programs such as a ritual for a mountain spirit, climbing, writing a letter of wishes to the mountain spirit and a Pansori experience. The fall foliage reddens not only the mountain and water but also the minds of climbers. The beautiful landscape, with its valleys and strangely-shaped rocks, attracts and wows climbers from all over the country.
Goeyang-ri, Bojeol-myeon is 12 km northeast from Namwon. Town legend has it that Yaksan (centipede) to the east and Gyeryongsan Mountain (chicken) that spreads North-South to the east creating a centipede that harms a chicken in a geomantic interpretation. The town’s unique Gut-Nori has a meaning that Samseong Dongja steps on the centipede to save the chicken before mid-July by the lunar calendar as a wish for a good harvest, health and the success of children and the well-being and unity of the community.
Namwon is the setting for the Story of Chunhyang, which is why the city is called Chunhyanggol. The pure ardent love story of Lee Mongryong and Chunhyang is no longer a story heard only in Korea. This love story touches the hearts of people around the world. The Chunhyang Festival is held around Buddha’s Birthday every year for five days to revere Chunhyang’s integrity and devotion to Lee Mongryong as the highest value.
It has been confirmed that Seongsan-ri of Inwol-myeon and Seong-ri of Ayeong-myeon, Namwon-si are the origin of the Tale of Heungbu. Therefore, the two areas are under development to construct a folk village as the birthplace of the Heungbu Story and the place where the story has been developed. The First Heungbu Festival was held in 1993 as a folk cultural festival and has been held up until now in downtown Namwon area every September 9th by the lunar calendar.
Starting with the Eve Festival, various cultural and arts events follow, such as the newly-created Heungbu Opera or the Heungbu Family Run, to promote unity in the community, including the Namwon Nongak (farmer’s music) contest and Citizens’ Healing Festival. Unlike his greedy mean brother Nolbu, Heungbu is kind and good-hearted. He established a good example for modern people and his good virtue is upheld through the festival. The festival has established itself as a representative folk and cultural event of Namwon along with the Chunhyang Festival held in spring.